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Energy and Sustainability Conference
2014 Program
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The 2014 Energy and Sustainability Conference will feature national leaders across business and institutional market sectors who explore how sustainability is changing their organizations and how they're adapting and leveraging sustainability to enhance their business results.

Market sectors involved with the conference include Manufacturing, Healthcare, Local and State Government, K–12, Commercial Real Estate and Higher Education.

Conference Tracks and Breakout Sessions

Last Updated February 4, 2014

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Registration Opens / Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Plenary Session
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Break with Exhibitors
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Conference Breakout Sessions
Virginia Government Best Practices
Showcase of local governments and their best practices in sustainability.
Commercial Real Estate
Chief Sustainability Directors Roundtable
Chief Sustainability Officers discuss how they’re incorporating energy and sustainability into their strategies. Find out what their challenges and successes are, and what they see occurring in the next 5 to 10 years to help with these initiatives.
Higher Education
       Leadership        Roundtable
Presidents, Provosts, Board Members, CFOs and other leaders discuss why they invest in energy and sustainability, and how it supports their mission.
Global Sustainability Directors
Global Directors of Sustainability share their perspective on how their organizations are leveraging energy and sustainability strategies to improve their business metrics.
K–12 Schools
School Superintendents Roundtable
School superintendents discuss how they are leveraging energy and sustainability to improve their mission.
The Business Case
for Sustainability
Presentation by healthcare leaders from Practice Greenhealth, Bon Secours, and VCU Health System on how energy and sustainability strategies improve quality, safety, patient experience, employee engagement, and the bottom line.
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch / Plenary Session: The Honorable Maurice Jones
Plenary Speaker: Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Break with Exhibitors
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Conference Breakout Sessions
How to Implement an Energy/Sustainability Vision
Panel discussion with various state and local government leaders
Commercial Real Estate
Case Studies:
Eco-District Sustainable Design Implementation
Focusing on the Boy Scout Summit Center and Eastern Virginia Medical School, this session will examine the process needed to keep a campus wide deep green project sustainable as it goes through all its phases.
Higher Education
A Day in the Life of a Chief Facility Officer
Chief Facility Officers discuss how they’re incorporating energy and sustainability into their strategies. Find out what their challenges and successes are, and what they see occurring in the next 5 to 10 years to help with these initiatives.
Leveraging Building Information to Better Enhance Manufacturing Facilities
Presenters will dive deep into facility design and leveraging building information systems and building wide facility infrastructure approach, all the way through the construction and life cycle of the facility.
K–12 Schools
Building Environment and Impact on Student Scores
The Sustainability Officer for Virginia Beach City Public Schools will present on VBPS’s efforts to evaluate the impact of LEED schools on student performance.
Reducing Energy Consumption in Healthcare
Facility professionals from Inova Health System and Sentara Healthcare share their success in improving energy usage in new and existing hospitals.
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Conference Breakout Sessions
Sustainability Infrastructure: Beyond Energy Efficiency
A well-rounded discussion to help public bodies develop building, water, sewer and other infrastructure strategies. Discussions will include resource conservation, stakeholder involvement, whole system design, resiliency, impact of sea level rise on neighborhoods and what can be done to adapt, designing sustainable and healthy structures and how to measure, and using the Envision™ Rating System.
Commercial Real Estate
Creating a PACE Program in Virginia
What is the P.A.C.E. Program (Property Assessed Clean Energy) and what benefits can be realized from creation of the program? Attendees will find out how programs such as this play a part in sustainability initiatives.
Higher Education
Creating “Living Laboratories”: The Transformative Use of Campus Facilities
How are campuses creating “living laboratories,” and what does it mean to design campuses for sustainability learning? Living laboratories engage students in hands-on learning experiences around energy, water, waste, food, and building using the campus facilities as a platform for research and education. Learn from campus experts how facilities can be designed and utilized for transformative sustainability learning.
Natural Gas – The Generation and Mid-Stream Perspective
Roundtable discussion with various industry leaders to discuss the advantages and challenges of converting to natural gas, export opportunities and implications, storage, access, in-sourcing of jobs back into the U.S. to leverage cheap fuel prices, potential projected price increases in future years and its impact.
K–12 Schools
Preparing Our Students for Sustainability Careers of the Future
Panel discussion with employers, community, public schools, higher education, and USGBC.
Improving the Built Economy
Presentation of case studies in green building from the healthcare perspective.
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Reception with Exhibitors


7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Registration Opens / Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Conference Breakout Sessions
Good Governance of Taxpayer Dollars
DMME will showcase their successful PC program, followed by a panel of experts representing state and local governments describing their programs and benefits to the Commonwealth and how to access them.
Commercial Real Estate
          Intelligent           Efficiency
Find out about ‘intelligent efficiency,’ a new paradigm emerging in the market based on information awareness and data analytics, and how it is reshaping the way we view energy efficiency.
Higher Education
New Energy Codes, Energy Benchmarking and the Various Building Rating Systems
Learn about the upcoming changes to the energy codes, challenges and solutions to benchmarking your buildings’ energy use and the various building rating systems and their applicability.
Combined Heat and Power: A Clean, Reliable and Affordable Energy Solution for Virginia Business
Presentations from industry leaders discuss the business case and opportunities for CHP deployment in the public and private sector.
K–12 Schools
STEM – The Built Environment and Curriculum Development
See a demonstration of tools (such as a LEED checklist) to develop curricula that engages students on the built environment around them, and presentations on Kersey Creek Elementary School and on Steward School’s “living lab.”
Student-Led Session
Sustainability Success Stories
Come hear and see what Virginia’s leading College and University students are doing in sustainability. Students will present on sustainability initiatives on their campus.
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Break with Exhibitors
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Conference Breakout Sessions
Creative Sustainable Strategies in New and Renovation Projects
The presentation will focus on two case studies of a state major renovation project and a local government new construction project, highlighting how effective sustainability strategies can be pursued with government work:
bullet“Sustainable Strategies for New Construction Projects: Amherst Adult Detention Center Case Study”
bullet“Sustainable Strategies for Rehabilitation Projects: 9th Street Building Adaptive Reuse Case Study”
Commercial Real Estate
Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (FBPTA)
The FBPTA impacts over 100,000 federal workers and contractors performing facility management, energy management and facility operations and maintenance functions and will help cut up to $2B in annual costs. The session will help attendees understand the Act's requirements and how GSA used the FBPTA's Core Competencies to develop an agency-wide talent management system, establish training priorities and guide human capital planning. There will be a short demonstration of GSA’s skills assessment tool and lead attendees with laptops, tablets or smart phones in testing the tool to get feedback on skills gaps and recommended training.
Higher Education
Next Generation – NOW
A panel of experts will present on advanced products/solutions already in use today.
Solar Utilization in the Industrial Sector
Case studies presented by several organizations, covering cost/benefit analysis, large/small scale utilization, how and where best used.
K–12 Schools
Chesapeake Bay Foundation: A Case Study on Sustainability
Presentation on Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s new building and their education efforts.
Student-Led Session
The Future of Energy and Sustainability
Tomorrow’s leaders present today on various public and private sector R&D projects that will help change our world.
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Break with Exhibitors
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Awards Luncheon
Click here for information and to submit a nomination for the 2014 Crystal Awards.
2:00 PM
Conference Adjournment



American Public Works Association, Mid-Atlantic Chapter          ASHRAE             Virginia Section, American Water Works Association
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality        International Facility Management Association         Virginia Association of Counties        Virginia Association of Independent Schools
Healthier Hospitals Initiative        Virginia Association of School Superintendents          American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
Virginia Manufacturers Association        Virginia Municipal League          Virginia School Board Association          Virginia Oil & Gas Association
Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers          Second Nature         Virginia Water Environment Association